Brighton manager Gus Poyet is in the market for a striker but denies that a deal has been agreed for Frederic Piquionne
The Seagulls failed to score for the second successive league match, underlying the urgent need for Poyet to bring in a striker with a proven goal-scoring record.
Poyet said after Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Cardiff: “We need a striker but we are not close enough to getting that striker. Quality is expensive and to be at the top you need to spend.
“People say that there is a financial crisis in the world but there isn’t one in football and money is spent when it is needed to be.
“We would consider bringing in a striker on loan from a Premier League club. I am relaxed but worried we are losing time. I accept where we are and I accept the budget we have got.”
Brighton’s pre-season results, most notably the victory over Chelsea, engendered optimism for the new season. However, they have taken only one point from a possible six so far.
Poyet added: “The players need to keep believing. I feel for them but we need to remain positive through this.
“People thought we were the best side in the world in pre-season when we beat Chelsea but the fact is that we haven’t won in three games.”